Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will team up Terrence Howard for Lee Daniels’ new hip-hop drama, Empire.

As previously reported, Empire  is set in the world of a family-run-hip-hop dynasty much like the real lives of rap moguls Jay Z, Diddy and Russell Simmons. Howard is tapped to play Lucius Lyons, a businessman on the rise that is about to take his record company, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson is slated to play Howard’s ex-wife, who spent some time in prison for drug trafficking.  Also cast is Jussie Smollett, brother of actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell. He is on board to play their son.

Empire  reunites Daniels’ with his Butler  writer Danny Strong and will air on Fox.

RC will keep you posted as more casting continues.

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